Website / GoAnimate

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"I'm going to describe this website and list tropes relating to it and its videos here while no one is looking. Hahahahahaha." (points ahead)

GoAnimate (formerly styled as Go!Animate) is a website that allows people to make their own animated videos, formerly using Flash Animation, but currently using the HTML5 standard which allows creation and viewing on most any device, including traditional computers and mobile devices. It has been used even by some noted Animation personalities such as Paul Dini, who used it to produce his web series Super Rica and Rashy. Signing up is free for 14 days, though you must upgrade to a paid account if you want to have access to their full resources. You must be at least 13 years old to join, but like everything else limited by the American COPPA act, many younger than 13 just disregard this requirement and put in another birth year.

There are two ways to make the videos. One is the "Quick Video Maker" which offers several ready-made "animated shorts" (some of which are based on licensed properties) with the settings and actions already selected, and a small cast of characters to choose from (different for each); all you have to do is write the dialogue (and disabling grounded videos in the process).

There's also the "Full Featured Video Maker" that allows you to start from scratch and select almost everything by yourself: settings, actions, sounds, FX, etc. (though again, you have a limited cast to use).

You can also make more characters and post your videos on YouTube, but that requires a paid account. Note that the any videos you publish will have a watermark indicating they were made by GoAnimate (though you can pay to have it removed.)

GoAnimate also had a forum with a (now inactive) creative community that gives advice and offers examples and contests. However, you must have had a paid account to use it before it shut down.

GoAnimate would just be another video-making website if it wasn't for the series of videos that sent the website and video maker into infamy: The "X Gets Grounded" videos. Primarily made by young kids, the "grounded" videos detail the misadventures of various kids as they cause or get themselves into trouble in all manner of ways, followed by them getting busted and grounded (grounded grounded grounded grounded grounded grounded grounded) by their parents for absurd lengths of time. These videos are especially known for the trouble-making kids usually being characters from TV shows aimed at young kids, such as Caillou and Dora the Explorer.

Somewhere in 2013, GoAnimate's Spiritual Successor Plotagon was created.

In late 2014, the site switched to a pay-only site for professionals and businesses.

In early 2015, the GoPlus account type was phased out, turning GoAnimate into a business-only website.

Later that year, the company announced that it would move to the new HTML5 standard in January 2016 and remove any video-making feature not centered on business. The other themes were immediately incompatible with HTML5, with the business theme rebuilt in the format for its business customers.

The removal of these themes resulted in users unfamiliar with the HTML5 standard lashing out at the site's employees for removing them, though the major decline of Adobe Flash and growing importance of mobile devices that work with HTML5 meant GoAnimate had to do something to keep up with current trends (it may be the only case where a site's fanbase doesn't want to move from the often buggy and slow Flash platform to HTML5; YouTube converted pretty easily, along with most other video providers). Alvin Hung also took large amounts of abuse, but it's likely he knows about the "grounding" fanbase and was growing tired of the platform being used to make that type of content, seeing the platform as a serious tool for business use.

However, Plotagon seems to be a worthy alternative (albeit limiting two characters per scene and some characters impossible to pull off without stock objects), a majority of users migrated from GoAnimate to Plotagon (which has made no signs or hints that they will change the site into business-only and is free), while others flocked to GoAnimate for Schools, because the popular Comedy World theme lived on there note . On July 26, 2016, the old themes were sunsetted on the school site (timed for the new school year), leaving only those lucky enough to save old characters, themes and props as "starters" to use them in future videos. However, a limited amount of the old themes are not permanently disabled, as a new method was found in September 2016; by using the Google Chrome-based app Requestly, which allows people to play with website links, it is possible to access the remaining deleted themes again by using the weblink to the character creator. Some think the Flash Player would be removed, preventing accessibility to the old themes, but this only applied to videos with all HTML5 compatible content. Wix was also used as a way to access the old GoAnimate themes briefly, but it has now been patched, too. On January 9th, 2017, the Flash Player was removed, thus seemingly removing Comedy World for good (although users with Starters can still make videos with the older themes).

You can find it here. Other uses who are upset about the site's changes can utilize Plotagon.

Now has a Characters page for some of the more recurring characters in the videos made with the website, related to grounding or otherwise.


Now I am going to list all the tropes featured in GoAnimate videos. (points again):

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     Tropes A-L (across all videos) 
  • Abusive Parents: Seen in spades.
  • Accentuate the Negative: The rant videos, which mostly cover only the negative qualities or simply what the user doesn't like about the subject. What sets the GoAnimate rant videos from normal criticism videos like this is that, most of the time, the user is being dead serious when they're using this trope in their rants. (Including their Fan Hater-charged remarks.)
  • Acceptable Breaks from Reality: "Acceptable" might be a bit of a stretch, but most videos that involve the misbehaving character causing a ruckus at their school tend to ignore the student seeing a school counselor or anyone to talk about the kid's behavior and jump straight to the kid getting suspended/expelled so they can get grounded faster.
  • Adaptational Villainy:
    • Don't expect Caillou, Dora, Little Bill, Arthur, or any other kid show characters to be the wholesome lovable heroes/heroines they are canonically. Most of the time, they are portrayed as the most troublesome and naughty kids in the universe who sometimes cause trouble just for the heck of it.
      • Half subverted and half played straight with Barney. In some videos, Barney is an utter jerkhole, and in other videos, there are TWO Barneys.
    • Their parents are not much better, as most of the time they are unreasonable jerkasses regardless of how nice or lovable they are in canon. Caillou's dad Boris, in particular, is just a hair's length away from being straight up evil.
  • Adapted Out: Boots, Swiper, Benny the Bull, Tico the Squirrel, The Troll, and any other Dora character who is NOT named Dora, Diego, or Dora's parents or grandmother. Even Diego himself hasn't been seen in very many videos. This is possibly justified, in that Boots and the others are not human, and non-humans are pretty difficult to translate into any of GoAnimate's themes. (Not that people haven't tried, however.) Meanwhile, Dora (being much more well-known and popular — and thus more hated) tends to be far more of a target than Diego, making Diego Gets Grounded videos less widespread. (Though that doesn't really explain Diego's absence in the many videos involving his cousin outside of the odd few.)
    • Baby Bop, BJ, and Riff are almost NEVER seen in GoAnimate. The children are only seen in videos where Barney is killed by other characters; even then they are generic children rather than specific ones who appeared on the show. Still, some people have attempted to put in Baby Bop, Riff, and BJ.
    • Many videos involving Little Bill ignore the existence of the majority of the supporting cast and only feature Little Bill and his immediate family.
  • Adults Are Useless: In some Grounded videos, many of the adults seem to be (sometimes willfully) blind to what the kids (usually the troublesome "baby show" ones) want or need. (At least until they start acting out.)
    • Sometimes a trouble-maker will realize that they screwed up horribly and run to an adult figure, their parents, or the police for help. As soon as the trouble-maker reveals that they caused the mess they instantly get arrested or grounded without being given a chance to explain themselves further.
    • Characters will get grounded or otherwise punished even if it's clear to the adult characters that the mess the target character caused was an accident and/or it was something the character clearly didn't expect or want to happen.
  • Advice Backfire: There are a number of videos that attempt to hand out social advice, (such as this one) but wind up unintentionally falling under this for numerous reasons. Usually this is because what the user deems as "awesome" still comes off as somewhat socially awkward, among various other reasons.
  • A.I. is a Crapshoot: The Errors are extremely smart and will prevent all attempts to get rid of it, including powering down, installing anti-virus programs, upgrading your computer and unplugging your computer.
  • The Alcoholic: Some videos depict Caillou drinking beer. One video displays Caillou picking up a bottle in front of a night club, drinking out of it (assuming it's Dr. Pepper), and getting drunk. He proceeds to shoot a bartender, get Dora drunk, punch a random old guy off a building, and finally start driving drunk. They crash into the house, and Boris is shocked, and implies this has happened before by asking "I smell beer... Did you get drunk again?". Later, Caillou is arrested.
    • Other videos may depict Caillou going to a bar, killing the bartender for beer, going home and into his room and chugging away. He wakes up and pukes. Boris rushes in, but smells something familiar. OH OH OH OH OH OH OH OH OH OH!
  • All Crimes Are Equal: Any sort of criminal act or misbehavior can be shown to be grounds for the trouble-maker's arrest (or even execution in extreme cases) if so chosen by the trouble-maker's authority figures, regardless if the misdemeanor was accidental or something as petty as littering, losing a library book, or breaking a sibling's belongings.
  • All Just a Dream: Videos can wind up being this, whether for a fairly sensible reason (such a series of random, non-grounding related events that lead to the lead character being killed) or just at the whim of the user. See also Dream Sequence below.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: The plots of some "(Character) Misbehaves at (Store)" videos are kickstarted by the main character being the only person who doesn't have a certain object (which can range from a hot new tablet, phone, or a game console to a Rugrats "Tommy Troubles" VHS tape) and being made fun of by all their peers because of it, leading to the main character asking their mom or dad to take them to the store to get one.
  • Anachronism Stew: The infamous GoAnimate: The Movie was supposedly made in 2006. However, GoAnimate didn't exist until 2007, and in the movie, PC Guy tries to steal an Adventure Time toy. That show didn't exist until 2009.
  • And There Was Much Rejoicing: Rarely is anyone shown being upset over a trouble-maker being grounded, arrested, or even killed in some way. Sometimes a video will show everyone celebrating the fact that the trouble-maker is out of their hair with parties and trips to Chuck E. Cheese's and the like. Tropes Are Not Good, however: The execution videos take this trope up to levels that are beyond disturbing.
  • Angrish: Characters will often yell out "OH OH OH OH OH OH OH OH!" or "G R R R R R R R R R R!" when they're mad.
  • Animesque: The Chibi Peepz, Chibi Ninjas, Ninja Anime, and anime themes are all anime style. Lil Peepz also features animesque hairstyles and Cartoon Classics has a few anime expressions like sweat drops and anger veins.
  • Antagonist in Mourning: The parent characters in "Character Misbehaves at Character's Funeral" videos.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: Often occurs in the videos where people repeatedly get in trouble, such as ones where the troublemaker of the day has a set amount of strikes before getting grounded/expelled. Throwing a tantrum over not getting what they want for lunch may come the troublemaker killing someone then punching a teacher.
  • Artistic Licence:
    • Artistic License – Biology: Some videos have characters having inexplicable (if outright nonsensical) side-effects from some injuries they get, such as needing an oxygen mask for a year when they only broke their leg, or lifetime oxygen tanks and paralysis from a stink bomb. (Even if you needed an oxygen mask from breaking your leg or taking in the scent of a prank-strength consumer stink bomb, you probably wouldn't need one for that long.) See also Made of Plasticine below.
    • Artistic License – Physics:
      • Many "(Character) Misbehaves On The Way To See (Movie)" videos (especially if they involve Caillou) have a bit where the character attempts to impede their progress in getting to the theater by getting a hamburger at a fast food restaurant and wrecking the car with it. They do this by somehow tossing the burger several yards ahead of the car as it is moving down the road, and hitting the burger causes the car to wipe out spectacularly. (The wind from the car moving would blow the burger back, for one thing, and a typical burger should not be able to cause a car to fly into the air and/or flip over. If anything, all you would get was a flat hamburger.)
      • In "(Character) does Chores" videos, the troublemaker leaves the tap running, causing the entire house to be submerged in water. Unless the tap does not have a plug in it, this is physically impossible. Even though a house can be flooded by an over-running tap, it usually only reaches three feet, and it is impossible for it to flood the entire house.
  • Art Shift: Insomuch as it can apply to here, some users have gradually been making an effort to make Dora look more like how she does in her home TV show over time. Compare Dora in this video from May 2014 to how she looks in this video from May 2016.
  • Asshole Victim: Most of the characters getting grounded or however punished are intended to be this. (However, it doesn't always work.) Other characters wind up being this when they provoke the troublemaker of the day just to be mean, and it results in the troublemaker retaliating. (Such as in this video. Leo was asking for trouble.)
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: Many videos have kids growing to an enormous height and going on a rampage through town or in a building when they can't get their way. One particular video features Caillou doing this, then promptly destroying the Freedom Tower and the 9/11 Memorial.
  • Author Avatar:
    • Some users insert themselves into their videos as GoAnimate characters, either as a Creator Cameo, the person being wronged/injured in a "Grounded" video, or sometimes even as the person getting grounded.
    • It's not hard to infer that the characters who are against the troublemakers share the same opinion of things as those of the users themselves, considering how much detail is often put into the parent or friend characters' description (as simple as they can be) of why something sucks.
  • Ax-Crazy: A number of characters are liable to cause mass mayhem or beat up or murder people at the drop of a hat. Caillou's dad Boris, in particular, is often portrayed as this (either intentionally or unintentionally) by a number of users. Caillou himself can be this, too, but that's really Depending on the Writer.
  • Balloon Belly: The whole point of "(Character) Gets Fat At (Place)" has this happen to the troublemaker when they eat a ridiculously large number of food there.
  • Baleful Polymorph: Sometimes the grounded kids will be turned into infants as punishment, though sometimes the reason they get grounded in the first place was because they inflicted this trope on someone else!
  • Bedlam House: A lighter form of this concept due to site limitations (it's set in more the equivalent of a group home since GoAnimate doesn't have an equivalent setting), the ill-advisedly named "Mental People's Home" series of videos within is this; usually the residents have no need for mental health services and it's used to take kids off exhausted parents' hands, and the caretakers' punishments are extreme.
  • Berserk Button: Across many videos:
    • Caillou's existence is this for Boris.
    • Some videos have the troublemaker-of-the-day flipping out if denied what they want at a restaurant, not getting a toy they want, or in general not getting anything they want.
    • Some of the Dora videos have Dora's trademark exploring being this for her parents and grandmother, often for unexplained reasons.
    • Alan Cook hates Disney. He hates fake VHS openings even more.
    • Certain videos have peeing/pooping on the floor of the house the troublemaker visits being this for the house's owners.
  • Bewildering Punishment: A fairly frequent occurrence, whether it's the trouble-maker showing a Never My Fault attitude when they get in trouble or because they have no idea why they are being punished, such as when they get grounded for no stated reason or for reasons beyond their control.
  • Big Eater: In "Character Gets Fat At Restaurant" videos, the troublemaker will order and wolf down an extremely large amount of food.
  • Big, Screwed-Up Family: Nearly all of the families in the grounded videos, but especially those of Caillou (Ax-Crazy dad, apathetic mom who enables dad, hot-tempered Jerkass son, only sane girl daughter) and Dora (Obscenely Abusive Parents, apathetic Jerkass grandmother, Jerkass Woobie daughter, bully cousin).
  • Big Word Shout: In "(Character) Yells Out The Word (insert random word here)" videos have the troublemaker shouting out a word that is so loud the whole world, sometimes even further, hears it.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Often, the kids act completely civil and nice until they are wronged or don't get their way, after which the gloves come off. This is more evident in the "(Character) Misbehaves at (Place)" videos.
  • Black And Black Morality: Oh sure, many of the grounding victims tend to have it coming, but the fact that in some of the more sadistic videos, their parents may go to some rather extreme measures in punishing them (sometimes they'll even kill the troublemaker) and, in some cases, even enjoy punishing the kids or celebrate their groundings, can make it difficult to take sides with anyone.
  • Black Comedy: Both from the groundings and from the things that cause the groundings at times. For instance, we have the time Caillou and Dora the Explorer grilled Rosie for supper.
    • While he's no longer around now, many people familiar with the grounded videos will tell you that the user Isaac Anderson was one of the most notable producers of videos containing examples of this. Many of his videos revolved around escalating and rather violent battles between Boris and Caillou with Doris, Rosie, and other people caught in the middle, with any injuries or casualties Played for Laughs. (And almost always ending with Caillou (sometimes along with Rosie or Doris) grounded or dead.) After the termination of his account, fellow user and big fan OfficerPoop247 took up the mantle.
  • Blatant Lies: In "X Gets Fired From Y" videos, the offender will lie through their teeth over having a certain item. It's one thing if they say they just don't have the item, but when the customer actually sees the item...
  • Born Unlucky: A troublemaker in the grounded series can be this. Sometimes the grounded series will start with them being grounded for nothing or something that wasn't even their fault.
  • Bowdlerise: There's a version of the GoAnimate video maker that's meant for schools and has weapons, alcohol, and tobacco props removed.
    • Users themselves tend to do this to the material they're parodying. Cartman's infamous "fuck me" rant that's become the basis of the "(Name) Misbehaves at (Place)" fad, for instance, becomes "engage me" or "*EEEENK* me.*"
  • Butt Monkey: Some troublemaker characters are characterized this way in certain grounded videos, in particular the original character Macusoper Busters, and Warren Cook.
  • Cannot Tell a Lie: A very large majority of the videos will have the acting out person immediately admit to what they have done. It's usually prefaced with a bunch of "Um"s.
  • Canon Foreigner:
    • In some videos, Caillou has an identical twin named "Daillou". Although he's obviously never appeared in the original cartoon, many users have created videos about Daillou's adventures... which usually involve getting grounded (grounded grounded). In more extreme videos, Caillou has multiple 'lost siblings' with each of their names bumped up a letter (and yes, there have been videos where Doris has had a very impossible sexvigintuple pregnancy of 26 boys with each child taking a new letter rooted by -aillou, including a child named Zaillou).
    • If a troublemaker of the day either has unseen parents or no parents at all, (such as the Five Nights at Freddy's animatronics, Barney, Joe, or any number of the Sesame Street or Thomas And Friends characters), sometimes the user will invent parent characters just so there's someone to ground them. (Though it's also common for people to just use existing characters from their respective home series instead, such as the night guard or Freddy for the animatronics, Steve for Joe, or Sir Topham Hatt/The Fat Controller for the Thomas engines. However, despite the fact that adult human and puppet characters are present in Sesame Street, they are almost never used in grounded videos.)
    • "Kai-Yu", Caillou's Chinese counterpart, who appears in this video and others by the same user.
    • Introduced by the user MattTheGoAnimator, Daisy is a younger sibling/Satellite Character to Rosie and Caillou (who is extremely naughty) who has become adopted by a few other users.
  • Can't Get Away with Nuthin': The "Grounded" videos that involve Dora tend to reach absurd levels as no matter how impossible it is for them to know, Dora will always be ratted on by students, police, video cameras and fired teachers. This often applies to anyone else who decides to be a troublemaker, as well.
    • In particular, "(Character) Fakes a School Lockdown" videos are particularly ridiculous about this. Sure, trying to fake a school lockdown for the sake of pulling a prank warrants some kind of punishment, but in these particular videos, the retribution of the troublemaker's actions don't stop with them being suspended or expelled from school. Oh no, by the video's end, the troublemaker's prank will end with massive media attention (often to humiliate the troublemaker rather than actually reporting on what just happened), fellow students being injured or traumatized for life, massive fines (for either the school or students' medical bills) that the troublemaker's family has to pay, and the troublemaker getting grounded (or arrested). Think about that when thinking about making a school prank, kids!
  • Clueless Aesop: Some videos try to tackle serious topics... try being the operative word here. Case in point.
  • Comedic Sociopathy: As you would not believe. Here's just one out of countless examples of this.
  • The Complainer Is Always Wrong:
    • Sometimes, the troublemaker of the day will receive hate (and even get grounded) for simply not liking a subject the majority of other characters like, with the majority's only defense being how much they like the subject.
    • Sometimes, an execution video will have one or more characters actually mourning the character being executed. (Often because the executed character was their best friend, was only a kid, or they (somewhat understandably) find the execution Disproportionate Retribution of the highest order.) If the other characters catch them showing sympathy for the executed, they'll either ground, mob, or even kill the offending character for daring to show sympathy for the character whose death they are celebrating, which only serves to add to the disturbing premise.
  • Computer Virus: The Barney Errors, which sometimes have Barney substituted for other "baby show" characters.
  • Contrived Coincidence: Some of the ways people find out about a troublemaker's wrongdoings outright defy logic sometimes. In most cases this happens via someone just happening to walk by in time to see the troublemaker making their escape or one or both of the troublemaker's parent figures showing up out of nowhere as the kid is committing their bad deed.
  • Cool and Unusual Punishment: A lot of "Grounded" videos feature the parents giving all sorts of unusual punishment to the kids. They make their kids watch shows for little kids, eat weird things, and maybe even put a diaper on them or turn them into babies.
    • In some videos, characters will be punished by being forced to watch random TV shows, including completely innocuous sitcoms like Seinfeld or Friends. This is treated as some kind of horrible punishment by the people getting grounded.
  • Crapsack World: The GoAnimate grounding videos sit most consistently at Type 2.
  • Crossdressing Voices:
    • Whenever you see Dora used, the model is clearly male, but the voice is always female.
    • One of the most popular voices to use for Caillou is the "Ivy" voice setting.
  • Crossover: A very large number of videos involve characters from various media all living in the same universe. As a vast majority of GoAnimate video creators are young children, many of these characters are from children's cartoons, including pre-school cartoons like Dora The Explorer or Caillou.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Many Punishment Days and "Gets Executed" videos end with characters getting offed in some bizarrely cruel, yet off the wall ways.
  • Darker and Edgier: Many users either make at least one video like this or base their videos around being this trope, but 90 percent of the time this is done by simply adding gratuitous blood, characters dying randomly, adding creepypasta characters like Jeff the Killer, or constant swearing. It's very difficult to find a Grounded video that is truly successful in using this trope.
  • Deadly Euphemism: Asking someone to "engage" you is treated as this in-universe.note  Some videos even add a crowd gasping sound-effect when someone asks another person to "engage" them.
  • Deadly Prank: A lot of times, the mass mayhem and injuries or deaths caused by the trouble-maker of the day were the result of a prank, with varying levels of reaction from the troublesome prankster. (From being horrified at the unintentional side effects of their prank to still thinking their prank was terrific despite the massive damage it caused.)
  • Death by Falling Over: In the "(Character) Misbehaves at (Indoor Water Park or Place that Has One)", two of the atrocities committed by the trouble-makers include them pushing some slow-moving riders down a water slide and shoving a kid off some floating walk-pads. In both cases they wind up severely injured or dead.
  • Death Is Cheap: Reviving a deceased character in these videos is as simple as just willing them back to life. Either that, or depending on Negative Continuity.
  • Deconstruction:
  • Denser and Wackier: Not that the videos were ever considered very serious in the first place, but many of the earliest grounded videos were more...erm...grounded in reality, as you can see in Unbuilt Trope below. It was about when Caillou, Dora, and other baby show characters began appearing and getting grounded that the usual tropes of grounded videos came into play and sent the Grounded videos headlong into absurdity. (And infamy.)
  • Depending on the Writer: Everyone has their own ways of interpreting the characters they use in their videos, especially Caillou and his family:
    • While a number of users use the "Ivy" voice setting for Caillou, many others use the "David" voice setting instead. (Though with the David voice setting having been removed from the interface, the Joey voice setting has become a common alternative.) Caillou can also be anywhere from just his canonical Bratty Half-Pint self taken Up to Eleven to a dangerous sociopath with a Hair-Trigger Temper depending on the user.
    • Rosie tends to waver back and forth between being just an innocent (if Too Dumb to Live) victim of Caillou's schemes to either ratting Caillou out as soon as he acts out. (Whether innocently or maliciously.) Other times, she's just as antagonistic as everyone else and joins Boris in deliberately antagonizing Caillou. Other times she's every bit as malicious as her brother and causes trouble wherever she goes.
    • Doris's characterization also tends to vary wildly among users. She tends to range between being genuinely nice but firm mom who is willing to take Caillou's side sometimes (albeit still giving long grounding times like all the other parents), a Gadfly that borders on a Screwy Squirrel, an apathetic Jerkass who pays Caillou no mind unless he's misbehaving, to being every bit as Ax-Crazy as her husband.
    • Dora's appearance in the videos frequently changes depending on the user as well. Rosie and Boris also frequently vary in appearance among users.
    • The parent characters can be anything from just overly stern to somewhat abusive to every bit as sociopathic as their troublemaking kids depending on the user.
    • In some videos, there's one Barney who is a troublemaker and jerkhole, and in others, there are two Barneys (an evil red and purple Barney, and a good purple and green Barney). Also, Barney can be either visibly fat or appear to be skinny (if there are two Barneys, both are usually the latter weight).
    • It tends to vary among users whether or not Red/Teeth versions of characters (such as Boris, most notably) are separate entities from their normal counterparts or are transformations of the characters themselves, though having them as separate characters seems to be the most common interpretation.
    • Finally, the severity of the punishments given to the trouble-making kids tends to fluctuate as well. Some users just use the absurdly long grounding time and call it a wrap. Others frequently if not exclusively use "Punishment Days" (a string of consecutive punishments), while still others just have the trouble-making kid get severely injured (if not outright killed) as punishment.
  • Deranged Animation: Very common in the satirical videos by users such as NotSmirks, Warren Cookie, and NotZick Zick, though it's not unheard of this to happen in the non-satirical grounded videos as well.
  • Diabolus ex Machina: No matter how impossible it might look for a character to get caught and grounded, somehow, someway, something will happen that will expose the trouble-maker and their schemes to someone and end with them grounded, no matter how illogical it seems. There are also other instances of this trope outside of exposing the trouble-maker.
  • Disproportionate Restitution: A lot of times the naughty kid will begin apologizing to people or their families for what they did wrong once they get caught. The apologies really don't hold much water if the bad thing they did resulted in mass mayhem and panic, massive property damage, or people getting hurt or killed. This can also be reversed when all the naughty kid did was, say, steal someone's cookies, and their parents still refuse their (more reasonable) apology.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: This is the only form of retribution in the infamous "Gets Grounded" videos. Make one small slip-up and you'll find yourself grounded for an impossibly long time. Sometimes your parents will violently attack you. And you can even get grounded for no reason at all.
    • Worse, there have been videos made of users the uploader doesn't like being executed and their deaths being celebrated. All this over petty things like, as noted below, making fake VHS openings!
    • You can get expelled from school just for getting a mathematical problem wrong. (granted, most of the time the grounding victims come up with answers not even remotely close to the actual one, but still)
      • Many characters will get expelled from school due to getting an "F" in a single class
    • In many "(character) Misbehaves At (restaurant)" videos, the troublemaker flips out and trashes the restaurant because the restaurant was out of one of the things they ordered. In other videos they freak out over the restaurant being closed.
    • There are videos where one character will litter on the ground, only for another to walk up to it and instantly get arrested and sent to jail.
    • It's occasionally inverted; characters will sometimes do terrible things like killing people, causing natural disasters, etc. All that happens to them is that they get grounded by their parents.
    • Some videos show characters going to the dentist, only to find out that they have cavities. Rather than logically treat the cavities, the dentist does absolutely nothing and ignores treatment, instead scheduling their next appointment, and the kids get grounded when they get home.
    • There are some videos which take place at an airport as the main family/characters prepare to leave for a vacation, and the troublemaker sets off the security booth with...a large water bottle. The security guard then angrily kicks them all out of the airport as though the entire family/cast had decided to cause a public disturbance in the airport instead of simply causing a minor and accidental inconvenience, rather simply telling them why this was a problem and sending them on their way once the problem was rectified. (Additionally, everyone blames the troublemaker for ruining their vacation even if they (implied or explicitly) were the ones who got the kid the water bottle in the first place.)
  • The Dog Bites Back: Zig-zagged - many videos have the punished parties get fed up with the groundings and enact some sort of revenge scheme to get them in trouble. However, a very rare few allow them to get away with their revenge.
  • Do Not Touch the Funnel Cloud: There are a surprisingly large amount of videos involving tornadoes hitting the city that most Grounded videos take place in, and in most cases, nothing actually gets damaged (nor do people get injured or killed) until the tornado actually hits them.
  • Don't Like, Don't Read: Quite a number of videos will have the author of the video asking for viewers to "respect [the creator's] opinion". Nine times out of ten, it's usually "If you even disagree with what I say, it means you're a baby show lover".
  • Double Standard: The usual given reason for everyone's loathing for baby show characters such as Caillou and Dora is because...well...they're "baby show" characters. For whatever reason, though, no one seems to care that Rosie, Boris, Doris, Diego, or any of Caillou or Dora's other family members are technically "baby show" characters themselves. The likely reason is because they all dislike the main characters themselves so everyone just brushes this off.
  • Downer Ending: There are too many instances of this trope in the grounded videos to list them all individually. Generally speaking though, if the main character was trying to correct their problems, help somebody, or they had good intentions when they misbehaved, expect the ending to be this if they still get grounded.
  • Dream Sequence: "(Character) has nightmares/bad dreams" videos primarily take place in a dream being had by the Character/Troublemaker Of The Day. Oddly, many of these videos often involve scary logos for some reason. And just to add insult to injury, a number of these videos end with the character's parents coming in to ground them, just because they can. Videos involving nightmares are the most prevalent of these types of videos, but Grounded videos involving good (or just plumb weird) dreams are out there.
  • Dull Surprise: Makes it surprisingly funny.
  • Dumbass No More: You'll find no bumbling dads or moms here. Even the goofiest of parents (such as Richard Watterson or Papa Bear) are now competent enough to catch their kids in the act of trouble-making and heavily discipline them.
    • In the videos where Arthur (or D.W.) is the troublemaker, Mr. Haney, who is typically somewhat of an air-head, is usually shown to be equally as competent (and harsh) as all of the other principal characters in the grounded videos.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: The "[Character] Gets Sent Away" videos sometimes act as series finales for various 'grounding series'. The character gets, well, sent away to an unpleasant place for acting out, but rather than go through with their punishment they start a new life somewhere else with their friends.
  • Eldritch Location: The "Audience." We assume, considering that being sent there is considered the grand finale of several "punishment days."
  • Encyclopaedic Knowledge: For someone who doesn't seem to be a film buff by any means, Warren Cook's father Alan always seems to know the exact release year and releasing studio of every film to stymie Warren's attempts at false VHS openings, even for the most unheard-of films.
  • Enfant Terrible: At the end of the day, nearly all of the troublesome kids are intended to be this, albeit with varying levels of success. There are a few kids who are genuinely villainous or at least just immense Jerkasses, however.
  • Everything Explodes Ending: It's not unheard of for a grounded video to end this way, usually thanks to the actions of a troublemaker. In particular, most "(Character) Misbehaves at (Restaurant/Store/Great Wolf Lodge)" videos end with the building "exploding" after the troublemaker throws their tantrum.
  • Evil Counterpart: Evil/Red/Teeth Boris, a rude and psychopathic red duplicate/transformation of Boris with a huge mouth that somehow manages to be worse than Boris himself.
  • Evil Laugh: Even if the target character is doing something nice, they'll always do a laugh.
  • Evil Knockoff: The original Dora the Explorer design for GoAnimate videos is referred to as this, calling her "Fake Dora".
  • Evil Teacher: Seen in spades with every teacher, including the principal, seen in regular grounding videos. Most (if not, all) are seen as being a Hair-Trigger Tempered Jerkass who hates the troublemaker's guts, and hand out over-the-top punishments for even the most simplest matters.
    • Miss Martin gets the worst of this, however. She's simply a gender-swapped version of Boris with all the amount of disgust and hatred as him. This video has her expell Caillou for no apparent reason, only for Laser-Guided Karma to hit her hard when Clementine's mother fires her.
  • Excrement Statement:
    • Bobbyispoopy loves to poop on everyone he comes across.
    • The basis of "Character Poops On The Teacher" videos have the main protagonist defecating on the teacher when the latter won't let them go to the bathroom.
    • "Character Pees On The Teacher" videos are the same thing as the above example except for urinating instead of pooping on the teacher.
    • "Character Poops On Character" videos. Enough said.
    • Uolliac enjoys pooping on everybody.
  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin: Almost every grounded video is titled in this format: "X Does Y (And Gets Grounded)."
  • Failure Is the Only Option: Outside of the rare occasion where they get thrown a bone for it, Caillou, Dora, or others of their ilk will always be grounded for some contrived reason no matter how good they are.
    • The parent characters will often see their kid's misbehavior coming and attempt to prevent a tantrum or mental breakdown or repeatedly say no to a kid demanding something. Nine times out of ten, though, the parent characters cave into their kids demands when they won't shut up or are unsuccessful in preventing their kid from throwing a fit.
  • Fantastic Racism: Some of the more sadistic videos have folks considered to be "baby show" characters be hated by their peers so much it could almost be called this.
    • Fantastic Slur: Being called a "bad user" or an "opinion disrespector" is probably the most heinous insult in the GoAnimate community. "Baby show lover" comes up frequently as well.
  • Fat Comic Relief: There are many videos where a troublemaker will eat a overwhelmingly large amount of food in one sitting and suddenly get morbidly obese as a result, then the parent will then find out and ground them, and maybe everyone else in the video will make fun of them for being fat.
    • The character may also be fat from the start where somehow the character's weight will cause disaster like this.
  • Fate Worse Than Death: Being grounded or getting a Punishment Day is often treated as a worse punishment than getting arrested or executed, and a standard insult hurled by trouble-making peers on the news is "I hope (character) gets grounded by their parents./(Character's Parents)? could you please ground them?" regardless of how terrible the character's actions were. By all accounts it kind of makes sense, considering the long grounding times and the ludicrous level of removed privileges.
  • Felony Misdemeanor: The GoAnimate community wants to kill a troll called Warren Cook for making fake VHS openings!
    • Not only that, but in a lot of the videos where someone gets arrested, they get sent to jail (often for long periods of time and without a fair trial) over crimes like littering a single hamburger (or even walking up to a littered hamburger).
    • No matter how minor the mistake or trouble a person causes, they will always be grounded for a ludicrously long time, even if someone just accidentally pushed someone else over or broke something.
    • This is particularly evident in "(Character) Gets Held Back" videos, where even the slightest things will result in setting a teacher off and the student immediately being knocked back a grade at the first offense. This includes such trivial or petty things such as talking in class, having sodas with their lunches, or even getting a single math problem wrong.
    • Parodied in this video by NotSmirks where Warren Cook's dad calls the police to arrest Warren when he finds out Warren made fanfiction out of himself and "babby".
      "911? Me son made porno out of me! Am crying right now!"
    • Founder Alvin Hung has gotten death threats from the site's users after GoPlus and many of the site's most popular themes were removed. Once the main site finally made the transition to a full-on business animation site, the site saw an increase in hatred towards Alvin before GoAnimate For Schools was finally upgraded to efficiently remove Flash-made themes. However, people still hold grudges against Alvin for this.
  • Flanderization: The most common interpretation of Caillou in these videos has his bratty habits (something that usually only showed up from time to time in his actual TV show) cranked up to absurd Hair-Trigger Temper heights.
    • For characterizations in the Grounded videos themselves, early on in the history of the Grounded videos, most of the parent characters simply gave the extra long grounded times and called it a wrap. Very rarely were they actually violent when punishing the kids, and sometimes they actually did seem to not like having to punish the kids or just acted extremely disappointed rather than angry. Many later videos, however, saw all of these aspects get inflated to ridiculous proportions: Now you really have to search for recent videos that don't have the trouble-makers violently attacked by their parents for their wrong-doings, that don't have the parents act borderline sociopathic, absurdly strict, and/or Ax-Crazy, that don't have the parent characters fly off the handle at the slightest offense or actually act glad to punish the kids if they don't just outright hate them. For this, we can probably thank users like Isaac Anderson (who invented the concept of "Punishment Day" in the Grounded videos) and certain other users whose Black Comedy takes on the Grounded genre were adopted by many other Grounded video makers.
  • Flat Character: Many of the characters (both kids and parent characters) are quite interchangeable with one another, though some users do try to set their interpretations apart from others.
  • Floating Limbs: The site's mascots, the "Lil' Peepz" seem to have these.
  • The Fourth Wall Will Not Protect You: A few videos have characters in the video attempt to ground or rant at the users for whatever reason.
  • Freak Out: Most "(Character) Fakes a School Lockdown" videos often have one or more students go beyond panicking to just outright having complete nervous/mental breakdowns during the faked lockdown, to the point they either injure themselves, get PTSD, or just go completely crazy and have to go to the mental ward for the rest of their life. This usually happens just to rub the consequences of the trouble-maker's actions in their face even more than they already are.
  • "Freaky Friday" Flip: Evidently, body swapping in the GoAnimate universe is not allowed, as many videos can tell you. Most commonly, the swap is between a parent and a trouble-making kid, and you really have to search for ones that involve any other participants of a swap.
  • Freudian Excuse: Some videos (whether they are a deconstruction or not) have the parent characters give an explanation as to why they're so harsh on their kids when they get in trouble. For example, here, where, after calling out his parents and getting them sent to jail, Caillou asks Boris and Doris why they are always so harsh on him and ground him for the most trivial of reasons. Doris then explains how her own parents always grounded her for ridiculous reasons (such as when she innocently told her father about how she wanted her own TV show) when she was a kid herself. It was then that she swore to do the same thing to her kids when she grew up, apparently so they would know her pain. Caillou (appropriately) rejects her flimsy excuse, gives them both a short "The Reason You Suck" Speech, and leaves them for good.
    • In somewhat of a meta-example, a common Alternate Character Interpretation of many of the kids (especially Caillou and Dora) are that the only reason they act out so much is because of the abuse of their family and friends, something that is often thrown back into the latter group's face in the Deconstruction videos.
  • Fun with Flushing: Videos that involve people getting flushed down the toilet (whether it's someone getting flushed down the toilet by a trouble-maker, or the trouble-maker being flushed down the toilet as a punishment) are fairly common.
  • Gender Bender: A common punishment given to the troublemakers is to have their sex changed via Magic Plastic Surgery in the "X gets his/her gender swapped" videos. It is also common to have troublemakers get grounded because they inflicted this trope onto someone else. (Whether by turning them into merely a gender-flipped version of themselves or turning them into a random person/fictional character that happens to be the opposite gender of the character being transformed.)
  • Genre Deconstruction: Videos such as this serve as a deconstruction of the "Grounded" aspect. They tend to focus on Caillou's dad's Only Sane Man and Disproportionate Retribution attitudes, essentially calling him out on his random punishments and reasonings as to why he does so.
  • "Get out of Jail Free" Card: When any troublemaker is sentenced to prison, no matter how much time they spent there, they are guaranteed to be let out of the prison like nothing ever happened and without explanation in a succeeding video.
  • GIS Syndrome: It's not uncommon for users to insert familiar characters into the GoAnimate setting via stock images of them from off the internet. Here's one such example of this.
  • Giving Someone the Pointer Finger: Thanks to there not being animations for the characters to punch, throw things, or whatnot, the characters' animation for pointing ahead is often used in place of those and many other actions (and often adds to the hilarity as a result). Parodied in this video where Caillou tries to break a grill by doing this to it, only for nothing to happen. Caillou comments that simply touching something won't do anything to it.
  • Go to Your Room!: After a troublemaker gets grounded grounded grounded, their parents tell them to go to their room.
  • Gone Horribly Wrong/Right: Countless times have the schemes of the naughty kids blown up in their faces because of things they didn't anticipate.
  • Good Is Not Nice: Anyone who isn't the person currently getting in trouble and grounded. This is more evident in the more sadistic grounding videos where the troublesome character is beaten up or murdered by their family and friends for their actions, or "Punishment Day" sequences with more severe (and less humorous) punishments.
  • Gosh Darn It to Heck!: Profanity is often replaced with this. Justified, as much of the community is composed of children who share their computers with relatives. Not that this stops some people though. See Obligatory Swearing below.
  • Greek Chorus: Parodied; a handful of (mostly satirical) videos have the events of the video commented on by a Gonkish character sitting at a computer (who seems to only be a head wearing a baseball cap) who takes some random issue with it. (And is likely a representation of the worst parts of the GoAnimate grounded fandom.) (One video featuring this character.)
  • Groin Attack: A running gag on the now-terminated Isaac Anderson's videos is Caillou getting his penis cut off, such as this one.. This also happens on a few other videos as well by other users besides Isaac.
    • A common punishment seen in "Punishment Day" videos.
  • Growling Gut: One of the sound effects with the arrival of HTML is a "stomach gurgle".
  • Grounded Forever: Parents in Grounded videos will often ground the child for a very long amount of time (ex: 112233445566778899 years) or forever.
  • Gross-Out Show: Seeing as how many of the users on the site are/were little kids, and there's an effect that makes people vomit, you can expect a lot of GoAnimate videos to be this.
  • Guilt by Association Gag: Sometimes in the "Gets Held Back" videos when there are multiple characters involved, a single character in the grounded party will be the only one to cause trouble in a grade (sometimes even with an unrelated character) while their peers stand by and not cause any trouble along with them. With few exceptions, all characters are still told to go back a grade regardless.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper:
    • Parent characters absolutely explode with volcanic rage when they find out their children have misbehaved, often with a demonic, deepened voice. The screen sometimes shakes and/or turns red during their outbursts.
    • Not that their kids are any better. Many videos have kids either talking in the "Kidaroo" voice, the screen turning red, inexplicably growing enormous, or going on a rampage (though usually all four at once) when they don't get their way. This is especially common in "(Character) Misbehaves at (Restaurant/Store)" videos when the kids flip out when their order can't be filled exactly how they want it or their parents say no to what they want.
  • Held Back in School: This trope is the main plot of a category of "Grounded" videos, wherein some students (usually two) start out in the 12th grade and proceed to knock themselves down all the way back to preschool by getting themselves in trouble via injuring a classmate or teacher, being disruptive, making messes, merely making someone mad, etc. before being expelled and sent home (with predictable results). Here's one example.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Some deconstruction videos involving the Caillou Gets Grounded videos have Doris finally having enough and siding with Caillou when either Boris finally goes off the deep end or Caillou finally calls his parents out on their actions. Very rarely, this happens to Boris as well, but most of the time he's far beyond saving.
  • Hero Antagonist: The parent characters, as well as everyone else who isn't the current troublemaker. (How heroic they actually are, however, is up for debate.)
  • High-Pressure Blood/Overdrawn at the Blood Bank: Some videos have blood go flying everywhere when characters even get slightly injured.
  • Hilariously Abusive Childhood: Every character has or had this.
  • Hollywood Healing: Usually averted, sometimes to the point of exaggeration. Sometimes characters will be told that they won't be completely healed up for anywhere between one year to the rest of their lifetime from just breaking their leg.
  • Hostile Weather: Really Hostile Weather. Tornadoes are usually the order of the day
  • Hulking Out: A recurring element in Grounded videos is characters having foul-mouthed and excessively violent "Red/Teeth" counterparts that they turn into when sufficiently enraged. Caillou's Dad aka. Boris is one of the most notable characters to have one of these, though The Incredible Caillou pops up sometimes too.
  • Humiliation Conga: Some "Grounded" videos go beyond just the trouble-making kids/teens getting grounded and have all manner of punishments given to them. Sequences (or even entire videos) centered around these are usually referred to as "Punishment Days" by the users.
  • I Ate WHAT?!: Most characters when they drink lemonade (actually the troublemaker's pee) in "Character Makes a 'Lemonade' Stand" videos. "Sells 'Chocolate'" is essentially the same thing, just with the chocolate actually being the troublemaker's own excrement.
  • Idiot Ball: At times, the troublemaker(s) my be acting like a Devil in Plain Sight in front of their parents or teachers, but the parents ignore them until the troublemaker(s) carry out whatever their planned dirty deed was.
  • I'm Your Biggest Fan:
    • This is one of the reasons why a character will get punished — they'll be badmouthing or attacking something or someone when the grounder arrives and is angry because they're either a fan of their work or they're their best friend.
    • This can also be inverted in some videos, wherein characters get grounded for hanging out with a character/celebrity the grounder hates, or also for watching a TV show/movie or playing a video game the grounder hates.
  • I Have No Son: Many Caillou videos tend to have his parents favor Rosie heavily, to the point where their dad will be distraught over the idea of Rosie turning against him.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: There's a series of "Grounded" videos involving the troublemaker of the day standing out on the street and "eating" people who walk up to them. (Here's one such example featuring Arthur.) Likewise, naughty folks may be eaten by another person (usually their parents) as punishment. And sometimes this trope is just there for vore fetish reasons.
  • Incendiary Exponent: How a Great Wolf Lodge gets burned down in most "(Character) Misbehaves at Great Wolf Lodge" videos; by way of the character inexplicably setting a skee-ball machine on fire just by punching it a single time.
  • Inherently Funny Words: Almost certainly why "nappy/nappies", a slang term for diapers that's more commonly used in Britain, sees universal use among grounded video makers. (Even in American-made grounded videos when the term is far less commonly used in America.)
  • Implausible Deniability: Many "(Character) Gets (X amount of) Jobs" involve the main character getting jobs at various workplace places seemingly solely only to tell potential or present patrons that the store/restaurant is out of the thing the patron is specifically asking for despite blatant proof that the item is available. Typically, the main character will either make up excuses for why the item is still there (such as the menus at a restaurant being outdated, the items at a grocery store being fake display items, or even resorting to flat-out Insane Troll Logic) or simply run the customer out of the store when proven wrong.
  • Instant Emergency Response: In some videos such as this one where someone dials for emergency services, expect them to take at most 5 seconds to arrive. Apparently the emergency response time is just that good in the GoAnimate world.
  • It Amused Me: One of the most typical answers given by the troublemaker when asked why they did such-and-such naughty thing.
  • It's Pronounced "Tro-PAY": Due to the limitations of the text-to-speech software, Caillou frequently ends up being rendered as either "Kaylew," "Kaylow," or "K-I-U".
  • Jerkass: Nearly if not everyone in the Grounded videos is this is some way, some moreso than others.
    • On one end, you have the troublemakers, all of whom are intended to be this way. Most of the time, the trouble-makers who truly fall under this trope cause mass mayhem simply for the amusement factor or for very petty reasons. Most of them come with a Hair-Trigger Temper which often results in them going on a rampage, often while swearing like a sailor. However, a good number of them are arguably Jerkass Woobies who act out because of abuse from their peers.
    • ...Which leads into the next point: Practically everyone who isn't the troublemaker. They (especially the parent characters) go to absurd lengths to teach troublemakers a lesson, to the point that they can become Designated Heroes. Even then, sometimes they don't even have to be punishing the kids in order to become this, as some videos will have the "good guys" being terrible to the trouble-makers without any provocation from the trouble-makers' end. Other times, they have parties or go on trips to Chuck E. Cheese's, Six Flags, or Disney World and exclude the troublemakers. In this case, though, it's usually because of previous wrong-doings, but there are numerous times where it's just out of spite. They also refuse to forgive the troublemakers even if the troublemaker of the day seems to be genuinely remorseful over what they did and if it was just a petty slight like hitting someone at school.
    • The users themselves can become this if someone ticks them off sufficiently, if word gets around that someone's opinion is being disrespected, or if someone does something that they don't approve of. (As mentioned before, Warren Cook learned this the hard way.)
  • Jerkass Ball: Some videos show the trouble-maker of the day being for all intents and purposes a well-behaved kid, only to suddenly turn malicious and cause the misdemeanor that will get them grounded for seemingly no reason.
  • Joker Jury: In most "(troublemaker) Gets Executed/Gets Sent to Jail" videos, the jury is made up of the parents, teachers, colleagues and friends of the troublemaker, most of whom are simply there to add salt to the troublemaker's wound, rather than using real evidence.
  • Kafka Komedy: Hoo boy, do a lot of videos fall under this! Characters can act like angels throughout the whole video, do something heroic, and/or even not be the one who caused trouble in the first place and still wind up grounded at the end because reasons.
  • Kangaroo Court: Justice in the world of GoAnimate is usually rendered by very partial judges and a Joker Jury who shrug off the defendant's side of the story (and sometimes consists of the troublemaker's family and friends, who are biased against them anyway) and give them cruel and unusual punishments, even for small fine-earning offenses such as littering. Often though, GoAnimate justice never gets to the courtroom as the patrolman (usually rendered as ill-tempered with fire coming out of his head) will render a life prison sentence for the accused right on the scene.
  • Karma Houdini: Non-troublemaking characters seem to get a free pass on tormenting the troublemakers or using any means necessary to bust them. Especially in the case of Caillou's Dad/Boris who is often portrayed as an Ax-Crazy sociopath but never gets in trouble, even when he clearly deserves to be grounded more than Caillou does.
  • Karma Houdini Warranty: A common theme in the Deconstruction videos (and some standard grounded videos when a non-ironic member of the fanbase decides to cut a trouble-maker a break) is the bad habits of the parent characters and other characters (especially the aforementioned and widely disliked Boris) coming back to haunt them. The usual way of this occurring is the grounded kid deciding they've had enough and fighting back against their Abusive Parents, either by grounding them or giving them a Punishment Day and then getting them arrested. Boris is usually shown to not take this happening to him very well and sometimes may undergo a Villainous Breakdown, such as here .
  • Kick the Dog: As if the execution videos weren't cruel enough already, most of the time the condemned's parents will visit them just to insult them, ground them, and tell them that they hope they suffer when they die, then celebrate at their funeral. Even in conventional grounding videos, at times the punishments can come off as needlessly cruel.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: Ostensibly, you're supposed to feel bad for Boris whenever Caillou or someone else does something bad to him, but given that Boris is frequently characterized as an abusive psychopath, it comes off more like Boris getting some well-deserved retribution for making Caillou and everyone else miserable.
  • Kids Are Cruel: Certainly an aspect of many of the Grounded videos as the kid-types will pull dangerous or even deadly pranks (or sometimes, not even needing to be pranks and just be malicious) For the Evulz.
  • Kitschy Local Commercial: The cheap international calling outfit Reliance GlobalCall has aired very low-cost ads made in GoAnimate, main business theme character, voices and all, and aired them on the American cable network Willow, which airs Cricket 24/7.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: This trope tends to go hand-in-hand with Karma Houdini as Character A may get in trouble for something they did, but if a Character B did something even worse, they get away scot-free. This is particularly shown in the videos where someone goes to jail - the character goes to jail will easily break out and call out the real guilty party, but they won't get in trouble for escaping jail.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: Someone may mention their voice changing to something when they're sick, or have their voice changed as a punishment.
    • On a similar note to voices, this video announces at the beginning that the main character had to change their voice because of GoAnimate removing several voices from their system.
  • Life Embellished: Super Rica and Rashy was based on Dini himself (and his wife, Stage Magician Misty Lee.) And their sock monkeys.
  • Limited Animation: Due to the limitations of the website, animation comes of as Hanna-Barbera in flash.
    • Specifically, the "Bodyguard" character has an animation that shows him flexing his pecs. The animation is also used when he is angry, as well as dancing.
  • Loads and Loads of Characters: The Grounded videos in general have a wide amount of characters (both from the well-known to the obscure) used in them.
    • "X Gets in Dead Meat" videos can be this depending on how many characters are shown receiving behavior cards. One video can potentially have between twelve or twenty different characters (and cards) in it, if not more.
  • Losing Your Head: A lot of GoAnimate characters seem to be capable of going without their head without harm, whether it's going headless to school for cheap laughs, scaring people by walking around without a head, or even being punished by having their head removed. Often, they're even still capable of speaking.

     Tropes M-Z (across all videos) 
  • Made of Iron: Many times characters will survive injuries that by all means should have crippled them or even killed them, such as being knocked off a very tall building, hit by a strong tornado, or getting hit by a flying school desk. Even if a character does wind up getting killed, their body almost always remains intact even if it was a fire or explosion that did them in.
  • Made of Plasticine: On the other hand, sometimes characters will wind up severely injured, crippled, or killed from normally non-life/health-threatening injuries, even from such innocuous injuries as being punched in the face or being gassed by a stink bomb.
  • Magic Plastic Surgery: A recurring element of the Grounded videos. Some videos have characters going to the hospital to get plastic surgery, or characters being punished by being forced to have plastic surgery. The changes can range anywhere from getting a different face and/or hairstyle, changing genders, changing character themes, changing from a kid to an adult (or vice versa), or just outright being turned into a completely different character altogether. Sometimes these videos are used to explain sudden changes in character designs.
  • Major Injury Underreaction: Characters may often be injured severely and then speak in a completely deadpan voice.
  • Makes Just as Much Sense in Context: Doesn't even begin to describe the various goings-on that occur in the grounded videos.
  • Malaproper: Quite often. Many of the Dora "Grounded" videos seem to have the parents claiming she is grounded for "tranquility".
  • Malicious Misnaming: The rants made with GoAnimate always start with the user calling the subject of the rant a derogatory name in the form of: "(Subject), more like (Derogatory Name of Subject)".
    • Within the "Grounded" videos, this is one method of getting grounded in some videos. The trouble-maker either calls someone or changes the name of something to something derogatory, which leads to...well, guess.
    • The speech-to-text voices' infamous way of pronouncing Caillou's name becomes a form of this in some videos, where Boris knows how to pronounce Caillou's name, but will often switch when he realizes he's "on camera" and call him "Kaylew" or "K-I-U" on purpose knowing how terrible it makes his son feel.
  • Mass "Oh, Crap!": Tends to occur in many videos when a large amount of people are on the receiving end of a trouble-maker's wrath.
  • Mind Screw: Barely any GoAnimate videos make sense. Some are more nonsensical than others, but almost all of them involve at least some surreal aspects, especially due to the cheapness and limitations of the software.
    • This is especially true for the satirical videos or "Tlt Uolliac" videos. If Caillou is deformed and/or speaking with the "Jennifer" voice setting in one of these videos, things are likely about to get weird with a capital W.
  • Misplaced Retribution:
    • Been known to happen to some trouble-making characters when they are treated as a scapegoat for bad things that either happen around them or were the fault of others.
    • Several "(Character) Misbehaves on the Way To (Movie)" have the characters somehow being unable to watch the movie for any sort of reason. The sole blame for this always placed on the naughty character of the day rather than the theater, which decided to take some sort of action to ensure that a single family wouldn't be able to watch the movie.
    • In several "(Character) Causes a Car Crash" videos, the parent of the troublemaker takes their attention off the road so they can yell at them only to end up getting into a car crash. The troublemaker is blamed for the car crash even though it's the parents fault for taking their attention off the road.
    • Sometimes all characters involved in a "Gets Held Back" video are given the blame for something only one of the trouble characters caused, even if they sat there and did nothing as the one character did it or even tried to stop them.
    • Some "(Character) Gets A Job at (Place)" videos have the character dealing with one or more rowdy or unreasonable customers, who get mad at or confused by the lead character and cause a scene for any number of petty or ridiculous reasons (most typically because the customer does not have enough money for something on the menu they want, asks for something not offered at the restaurant (i.e. asking for a Big Mac at a Burger King), or attempts to place impossible orders like asking for two million cheeseburgers) before blowing their stack and leaving, declaring that they are going to a competitor's establishment. Without fail, the manager will come over and blame the main character for the incidents, accuse them of driving away business and fire them rather than placing their retribution on the customer(s) for wasting the lead character's time and/or causing a scene. (This trope is averted in other videos of this type when it's clear that the lead character truly is at fault for the customers leaving.)
  • Mood Dissonance: Many of the Grounded videos tend to end with "Pomp and Circumstance" playing in the background as the character gets grounded.
  • Moral Dissonance: Characters can do whatever they want regardless if it's unlawful or has gotten someone grounded/arrested in the past as long as they are using it against the troublemaker.
    • Wrongful Accusation Insurance is in full effect whenever someone gets someone else sent to jail; the wrongfully accused character will almost always break out of prison to blow the whistle on the actual trouble-maker without having to face consequences for breaking out of jail and anything else they might have done.
    • Sometimes one character will beat up, kill, or otherwise another character, only for them to be excused from doing so because it was a character the user-....er, ahem, the characters didn't like anyway.
  • Moral Myopia: Most videos tend to treat the morality of a character's actions by whether they are a troublemaker or not. A character considered a trouble-maker may do one certain action and get grounded for it, only for a non-troublemaker to do the same exact thing and without the action portrayed as wrong, if they aren't outright rewarded for it. This can lead to some huge cases of Moral Dissonance when this isn't Played for Laughs.
  • Motor Mouth:
    • Evil Boris/Red Boris/Boris the Teeth Guy. Usually, his speech is full of expletives, extreme yelling and Cluster F-Bombs as well.
      Boris the Teeth Guy: "WHAT THE FUCKING FUCKING FUCKING FUCK DO YOU THINK I'LL FUCKING SHITTY ASS FUCKING CUNT BITCH DO NEXT? CONTINUED ON WA-AY-AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA-AH."
  • The Movie: GoAnimate: The Movie, created by Cayby J. Although it's an almost shot for shot ripoff of Greeny Phatom: The Movie, it has gained a slightly better reception than that film (though still mostly negative) due to actually being animated and because the art style of GoAnimate is easier to look at than that of Greeny Phatom.
    • Along with that one, many users have made numerous extended movies. Many of them are centered around, yep, you guessed it, grounding, and the groundee's quest for revenge against their parents. Here's one example.
    • Not to be outdone, there's also full-length adventures (that also involve grounding!) Like this one!
    • There's also a planned sequel, which is a rip-off of The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water!
  • Ms. Fanservice: Pamela and Kate in Cartoon Classics theme.
  • Naked People Are Funny: See Nude-Colored Clothes.
  • Nearly Normal Animal: Gilbert in some of the Caillou videos seems to be along the lines of this. Sometimes the cat is shown bringing things like credit cards or toys over to Caillou (or blowing the whistle on him when he gets in trouble), and occasionally, he is capable of outright talking to Caillou. (albeit only communicating in meowing that Caillou somehow understands.)
  • Negative Continuity: Unless you're willing to believe characters can survive the abnormally long grounding periods, characters will usually not be grounded next video.
    • Characters who get killed, turned into something or someone, badly injured, or otherwise as punishment also tend to quickly return looking none the worse for wear as well, though some users do provide explanations for some returns.
  • Never My Fault:
    • In general, the troublemakers are often blamed for any misfortune that befalls their peers when it was their peers' own fault. Especially the parent characters.
    • In the "(Character) Gets a Job At (Store/Restaurant)" videos, the central character gets a job, only to insult, confuse, or otherwise piss off or drive away every customer they meet while on the clock. When they get fired by the manager, typically the main character will see no fault in their behavior if if they don't outright blame the supposed "stupid idiots" they drove away in the first place.
  • New Powers as the Plot Demands: Often, various characters are shown to suddenly exhibit or have access to various superpowers, magic, or gadgets (such as a Transformation Ray to transform a character, the ability to grow or shrink, the ability to shoot lasers from their hands or eyes, items from video games, or cloning machines) if the plot of the video requires them to, usually to never be seen or referred to again unless the plot of a later video requires it.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: some of the characters offered look... familiar.
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: Don't be surprised if a character is grounded, jailed or worse because they fessed up or they stopped something or performed some sort of kind action - they're still "baby show" characters and deserving of punishments.
  • No Indoor Voice: The infamous "Kidaroo" voice that characters use when excessively angry.
  • No Sympathy: Sometimes the parent characters will act incredibly callous toward their kids even when they are scared ("Kay-lew, stop crying like a baby.") or if the trouble the kid(s) caused resulted in them getting severely injured or left them in a What Have I Done state.
  • Not So Above It All: The punishment-happy parents are far from immune to getting themselves in trouble and grounded.
  • Nude-Colored Clothes: The site obviously has no way to render their characters nude or having sex, but some videomakers haven't let the site's intentional limitations stop them. They color the clothes characters are wearing in their flesh tones, and suddenly you're either seeing Caillou doing his talent show skit in the buff (itself a copy of a Simpsons scene with Bart) or him walking in on his parents, who have dinner roll breasts and Band Aid genitalia (not for young eyes); the most logical extreme is that a GoAnimate "sex scene" consists of a man in a flesh-colored t-shirt and shorts wearing sandals wooing a woman wearing a flesh-colored Wonder Woman-like outfit. Others mosaic the parts, and do their best with the speech-to-text software to render what they think are lovemaking noises.
  • Obligatory Swearing: Considering that the fanbase is mostly made up of kids who love adult cartoons, it almost really goes without saying. Many videos feature scenes where "baby show" characters curse like soldiers. It's especially funny if they're told to stop swearing by another person who is also swearing! And that's just the kids; anyone can have a potty mouth in these videos. Even news anchors and reporters are fairly regularly shown peppering their live reports with f-bombs and s-bombs seemingly because they can, without consequence. (Which is hilarious considering that news reporters can and have been fired for doing so in real life.)
  • Off the Table: In "(Character) Misbehaves at (Store)" videos, a character will go on a destructive rampage when they are unable to get an item they want and are offered an inferior replacement. When they're dragged away and punished, they try to get the offered item instead, but are told that it's too late now. Usually, this is because they just destroyed the place the item was at.
  • One-Hour Work Week: Some videomakers forget to scale time, so you can have a 'Good morning, class!' greeting from the teacher somehow lead into a 'let's go to lunch!' call ten seconds later.
  • Only Sane Man: Deconstructed. There are many videos where the grounder will try to justify their abuse of the kids because it keeps them in line, believing that they're always evil for any reason and they must be kept in line. Their reasonings are usually thrown back in their faces and they're usually given punishments themselves.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Moments where a parent character realizes that they are going too far in their groundings/retribution of their kids tend to be examples of this trope.
  • Oh, Crap!:
    • Happens to the troublemaker of the video just before getting caught for their mischief.
    • Characters will get this right before a troublemaker does something awful to them.
  • Operating System: "Baby Show" characters (or another character the user doesn't like) often have an OS made of them in the "Character OS" videos , such as this video , which is always crummy and nearly all of the features of the "Character OS" serve no other purpose other than to annoy the person using it in some way.
  • Out-of-Character Moment: If you're coming into the grounded videos expecting all the existing characters (i.e. Caillou, Arthur, etc.) to be in character, then you've come to the wrong place. Even a character who wouldn't hurt a fly will invariably be a violent Jerkass in a typical grounded video.
  • Overly Long Gag: "You are grounded grounded grounded grounded grounded for [ridiculously large number] years". Sometimes characters can spend up to over a minute just saying numbers. Sometimes the character will follow that with a ridiculously long list of oddly specific things the grounded character is not allowed to do. In other videos, the character will rattle off a massive list of television shows that the grounded character will be forced to watch.
    • There are also grounded videos which have multiple troublemakers, sometimes up to a dozen. Some of them decide to show each individual character screaming "NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO" when an authority figure calls their parents, and then having each and every character getting a near identical lecture from their parents about how they're "GROUNDED GROUNDED GROUNDED GROUNDED GROUNDED GROUNDED GROUNDED GROUNDED GROUNDED FOR 875405420958209930248 YEARS".
    • The average "behaviour card day" video will involve dozens of characters receiving behaviour cards, and then telling the teacher one by one what colour card they got and receiving their corresponding punishment/reward. These videos can sometimes stretch into the hours.
  • Parental Favoritism: It's not uncommon for the troublesome kid's siblings to be favored over them by their parents, whether for being more well-behaved or just because. It's especially noticeable in the Caillou videos, where Rosie is often treated like a queen by Boris and Doris, while they only acknowledge Caillou's existence when he gets in trouble, (if they don't just outright hate him for existing).
  • Parrot Exposition: Some "(Character) Misbehaves at (Place)" videos can become tedious to watch as the characters will recap the naughty character's actions at least once or twice as they drive home from the damaged establishment, and more times if the video includes a news report on the trouble-maker throwing a fit, engaging their parent, and wrecking the place.
  • Pay Evil unto Evil: The "Punishment Days".
  • Perpetual Frowner: It's possible to make the characters this if you set them to always be crying. Uolliac is almost always crying in videos starring him, and NotSmirks's Author Avatar is often (but not always) crying in his videos.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: You could make a case for the troublemakers who are children, as they are able to put up a fight with people twice their size and single-handedly destroy large buildings during their tantrums.
  • Playing Sick: The plots of "Character Fakes Sick" videos have the main character doing this to prevent going to school. They don't get away with it though.
  • Police Are Useless: The police in the Grounded videos seem to have something of a Hair-Trigger Temper, as they will instantly peg a character with jailtime for littering if they so much as walk up to a piece of paper on the ground. Other times, they just outright arrest people for little to no reason or show a bias towards the trouble-making kids' parents (or anyone but the trouble-makers for that matter), sometimes even arresting the kids just for talking to them. Outside of that, the police will instantly come to arrest someone if they are simply asked to without complaint, even if they are being called to arrest a kid for smashing their sibling's iPod.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: In various videos, the main troublemaker is shown to be bigoted against even their closest friends. For example, this video.
  • Potty Emergency:
    • In "Characters Poops His/Her Nappy" videos has this happen to the main character of the video, only to poop themselves because of somebody else in the restroom.
    • "Character Poops On The Teacher" videos have the troublemaker of the day having to go whilst in class, but their teacher won't let them go. The troublemaker solves the problem by defecating on the aforementioned teacher.
    • Certain videos have this happen to a character while they are hanging at somebody's house. They rush to the bathroom, but another person is in therenote , and the character poops/pees himself.
  • Potty Failure:
    • The point of "(Character) Poops His/Her Nappy and Gets Grounded" is having this happen to the main troublemaker, usually when somebody else in the bathroom at the time.
    • One plot used in some videos is a character being invited over to someone's house, only to suddenly have to use the bathroom. The character runs to the bathroom but find someone else inside (who is sometimes not even doing anything but stand there), and winds up making a huge mess on the floor before they can be given privacy.
    • The plot of "Character Poops In The Cinema" videos has the protagonist defecating themselves while in a movie theater.
  • Prison Episode: Every video it happens
    • When a bad user false flags an innocent user on Youtube.
    • When they kill a cartoon character that person hated (Such as killing a Disney character like Winnie-the-Pooh)
    • Littering things on the road.
    • Destroying a property.
  • Protagonist-Centered Morality: This trope runs so rampant in the grounded videos it would probably be easier to list grounded videos where this trope isn't in effect in some way. Generally speaking, though, if a designated trouble-maker or a "baby show character" does something horrible or stupid like, say, defecate on a teacher at school or beat up a classmate, this is portrayed as wrong and the character will get grounded. However, if someone who isn't a trouble-maker/baby show character does the same exact thing to an actual trouble-maker/baby show character (even for no reason at all), this is portrayed as justified or an Awesome Moment and the character will be rewarded for stooping down to the trouble-maker's level.
  • Pyrrhic Victory: Sometimes a character will successfully get out of having to do something they don't like ever again...but that's because they are now grounded and are not allowed to do it (or anything else) anyway. Cases of this are seldom acknowledged in the video itself outside of the occasional Lampshade Hanging.
  • Random Events Plot: Several longer videos don't make much sense, and are mostly just montages of characters repeatedly getting grounded. Special mention goes to GoAnimate: The Movie, which has a completely incomprehensible plot (though this is because it's a ripoff of Greeny Phatom: The Movie, and that series is know for being FILLED with these).
  • Rapid-Fire "No!": Most frequently yelled by someone right before a trouble-maker does something terrible to them. It's also been known to be yelled by a grounded character as they run to their room.
  • Reality Ensues: One of the most popular ways of deconstructing the Grounded videos is to show the parent characters' questionable disciplinary methods coming back to bite them in the ass when the trouble-maker exposes their abusive ways in some way to one or many people. These videos usually end with the parent characters being arrested and the trouble-making kids earning their happy ending.
  • Recursive Reality:
    • GoAnimate exists within the grounded videos and the kid characters are often shown to enjoy making, yep, you guessed it, grounded videos with it.
    • The existing TV show characters are sometimes shown watching their own shows on TV or talking about wanting to watch them. This is often given the explanation that they film the show in-universe and like watching themselves work, but other times their TV shows just seem to exist in-universe with no explanation for it.
  • Read the Fine Print: In the joining conditions if you are going to use the site to make your own projects.
  • Rejected Apology: No matter how much they beg, the troublemakers will never be forgiven for any misdemeanor or accident they cause even if they seem genuinely remorseful over their actions. Justified when they caused mass hysteria or property damage or the trouble was caused out of genuine malice. Somewhat less so when the trouble they caused was an accident or was something as simple as breaking a lamp. Cases of the latter often result in the parent/friend characters coming off as needlessly callous and/or unreasonable.
  • Rouge Angles of Satin: Again, many of the users are little kids, so grammatical errors can be expected.
  • Rule of Three: It's common for parents to say to their children that not only are they grounded, they are grounded, grounded, grounded.
  • Revenge Fic:
    • The more vitriolic "Grounded" videos aimed at Caillou, Dora, and other such characters can be described as this. Often the only reason given for targeting them is just because "they suck" and they're "baby show" characters. The only reason the videos don't go straight into Hate Fic territory is because the other characters from the targeted character's show rarely are targeted along with them. (In fact, Caillou's Dad/Boris seems to be something of an Ensemble Darkhorse among the non-ironic fanbase.)
    • Speaking of Boris, folks who dislike the GoAnimator's common interpretation of the character (a character who is apparently intended to be a Memetic Badass who heroically puts Caillou in his place, but comes off more like an Ax-Crazy psychopath who torments Caillou if the latter so much as moves) often vent their frustrations with videos of Boris either getting called out for his actions, grounded, or otherwise punished. The reasons here tend to be far-and-away more justified than a simple "he sucks". Other parent characters (particularly Caillou's Mom/Doris and Warren Cook's dad) often get subjected to this for similar reasons as well.
  • Sadist Show: The grounded videos. They apparently take place in a Crapsack World where one little slip will get you grounded, arrested, or even murdered whether you deserve it or not. It doesn't help that in some videos, people seem to take glee in dishing out the punishments on the grounding victims, and will even celebrate their getting grounded/arrested/killed. Woe betide you if you're a "baby show" character, too, as everyone in the world (including your own family) will hate your guts and will gladly inform you of this fact, show No Sympathy when you get yourself in trouble (even if you just badly injured yourself), and will gladly punish you in severe ways if you even just step slightly out of line. The level of sadistic-ness in the videos tend to fluctuate, with some users' grounded videos being more silly than cruel, while some other users' videos have characters (especially "baby show" characters) getting grounded or arrested for simply existing.
  • Sadist Teacher:
    • Many of the teachers come off as this seeing as how they fly off the handle and suspend/expel students or send them to the principal over the slightest offenses. Even then, they sometimes come off as sadistic or unfair even before someone misbehaves: What sane teacher would make it so that coming in last place in a swimming race would get you suspended?
    • Some of the teachers in the "Gets Held Back" videos come off as this, particularly the ones that get mad and demote the misbehaving student over petty, illogical, or unfair reasons such as crying or not having homework, which they don't have, thanks to them just entering the class right then.
      • Even worse, there are instances in some "Gets Held Back" videos where the troublemaker gets held back because they brought in their homework when the class was going on a field trip.
  • Scream Discretion Shot: Sometimes happens in "Punishment Day" videos while the troublemaker receives some sort of psychical abuse as a punishment.
  • Sdrawkcab Name: Caillou has a Bizarro counterpart named Uolliac (usually pronounced "You-Ollie-Ack") who is the subject of the "Tlt Uolliac" videos as well as many of the more surreal videos.
  • Send in the Clones: There have been a few movies where Caillou either creates or meets more duplicates of himself.
  • Sensory Abuse:
    • Grounded videos often feature enraged authority figures speaking in voices that lean towards this. NotSmirks' videos parody this by cranking it Up to Eleven (ala YouTube Poop).
    • Said videos also tend to have the background music turned up louder than can be necessary, as well. (such as during the news segment in this video). This is also often a subject of parody in NotSmirks' videos.
    • One possible punishment troublemakers often receive in "Punishment Day" videos include loud music (which is oftentimes just as loud to the viewers). The authority figure usually tells the viewers to turn down their volume beforehand.
    • Boris the Teeth Guy is a HUGE example of this.
  • Serious Business:
    • Make fake VHS openings? Then don't be surprised when the GoAnimate community wants your head on a silver platter.
    • Likewise, the community will promptly turn their backs on you (and possibly make you the subject of a Grounded video) if you say anything nice about any "baby show". (Even if you just say you liked said "baby show" when you were little.)
    • And if you like site founder Alvin Hung, they'll want you burned alive.
    • Many of the users tend to be strongly opinionated, and one or more people disagreeing with them (often referred to in-fandom as "disrespecting one's opinion") can lead to them pulling videos from their accounts or even Rage Quitting video-making altogether.
    • In-Universe: Chuck E. Cheese's is treated as such, especially to Caillou, who will pass up a trip to Disney World or Six Flags just to go to one. Getting exactly what you want at a restaurant or store is this as well. "Engaging" people or going on a rampage is apparently the way to go if you can't get a Oreo McFlurry with your Happy Meal.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: While any character can become this depending on the level of vulgarity in a user's videos, the most consistent example across all the Grounded videos is Red Boris/Boris the Teeth Guy; 80% of his dialogue in a single video is usually long strings of profanity.
  • Size Shifter: The trouble-making kids are sometimes shown to have the unexplained ability to grow to an enormous height when they can't get their way.
  • Shaggy Dog Story: Nearly every "(Character) Misbehaves On The Way To See (Movie)" video invariably ends with the family missing the movie, either by the troublemaker being successful in making them late for the movie or having them arrive with time to spare only for the theater itself to take some sort of action that will ensure that the family will not be able to watch the movie.
  • Shout-Out: It is unclear whether it was intentional, but one of the stock characters in the Anime theme looks exactly like Touma Kamijou.
    • Two of the default characters in the Comedy World theme look very similar to Justin Long (PC Guy) and John Hodgman (Mac Guy) as they appeared in the 2000s "Get a Mac" commercials.
    • The Comedy World setting has two hairstyles that look very similar to the hairstyles Fry and Leela don.
  • Spoiled Brat: Every trouble-maker is intended to be this, albeit to varying levels of success. Sometimes, the "trouble-maker" may not actually come off as this despite the efforts of the user. Where the characters actually succeed in being this trope, though, they can be almost sociopathic in their brattiness.
  • Stock Phrases: A whole host of them. It's easy to spot a standard "Grounded" video in them.
  • Stock Sound Effects:
  • Stock "Yuck!": Every troublemaker will usually hate what dinner their parents serve them in videos with little-to-no reasoning.
  • Strictly Formula: Amongst many authors.
  • Stupid Evil: Most of the antagonists in GoAnimate videos are compelled to perform heinous deeds, even if it doesn't benefit them in nay way. Quite often they'll do terrible things and then proudly display their handiwork to their parents... who immediately flip out and ground them.
  • Stylistic Suck: Most satirical videos crank up the flaws of most Grounded videos (such as poor grammar, Random Events Plot, the Disproportionate Retribution, etc.) Up to Eleven for humor value.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial: Whenever someone makes a fake VHS opening, they always put "Real, not fake" after the title.
  • Swiper, No Swiping!: Some videos like these will have a character go on an seemingly unstoppable rampage, only for the punisher to tell the troublemaker to stop it. (Which they do without any hesitation.)
  • Synthetic Voice Actor: Text to speech voice actors.
  • Take That!: When the character who gets grounded/arrested/killed/whatever is a fictional character, it's safe to assume that this trope is in effect. Baby shows (or even shows merely perceived to be baby shows by some users) are the most frequent target. Even moreso when someone kills, grounds, or otherwise maims one of these characters and is un-grounded or otherwise rewarded for doing so.
    • Users are known to regularly make rant videos disparaging shows or movies they don't like.
  • Tantrum Throwing: Some "Character Gets Sent To Bed Early" videos have the main protagonist getting sent to bed early for throwing their dinner at the wall. And that's barely even scratching the surface...
  • Teens Are Monsters: Similar to the Kids Are Cruel trope, this is more noticeable in the "X misbehaves at Y" videos as the thing that prompts them to go to "Y" is being laughed at by their peers.note 
  • Teeth Flying: Caillou sometimes gets his teeth knocked out during punishment days.
  • Temporary Bulk Change: A category of videos show a character ordering a ridiculous amount of food at a restuarant, usually a fast food place. They are not shown with their stomachs enlarging, they just instantly pop out.
  • Tempting Fate:
    • "...and (Character), I want you to be on your best behavior, or else you'll be grounded." One has to wonder if the kids actually would behave if the parent characters didn't give this warning before going off on a trip or vacation.
    • Some videos open with the parents telling the trouble-maker of the day not to do some ridiculously specific action. The rest of the video writes itself. Take this video for example; the way that nearly every adult figure the main character meets repeatedly tells him not to do one specific action ("Don't pee or poop on the Watterson's bathroom floor") gives away what'll get him in the doghouse later on.
  • 10-Minute Retirement: NotSmirks was one of many who had opted to quit after the removal of the old options. However, discovering GoAnimate for Schools prompted him to return to the field once more.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: "Warren Cook Gets Grounded" videos usually have Warren's dad call a massive mob of random characters, who proceed to yell at Warren. That said, given the emotional maturity of your average GoAnimate user, most of their speeches are along the lines of "You are a bad bad bad bad bad bad boy."
  • That Russian Squat Dance: The children Cartoon Classics characters have this as their dancing animation.
  • They Killed Kenny Again: This applies to anyone, really. Anyone who gets killed tends to return the next time a video requires them to. This includes Caillou, Dora, and other grounding victims, Caillou's other family members (Rosie in particular), or school faculty members.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: There are a number of videos where the one grounded could end up being ungrounded and/or rewarded for their behavior.
  • Toilet Humor: With a good number of kids using the site, this is bound to happen. Case in point.
  • The Tooth Hurts: A common punishment in "Punishment Day" videos.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Many of the kids are just begging to get grounded with some of the things they do. Two of the most common ways of characters being this are immediately doing something that they were told not to do less then ten seconds after their parents leave, or continuing to annoy or ask their parents for something even after being told that they will be grounded if they do it again.
    • In extreme cases, some videos have the kids being told that they'll be rewarded or ungrounded if they behave...only to immediately misbehave or do something bad as soon as their parents/teacher leaves, despite having the chance to escape a grounding or Punishment Day.
    • Rosie, in particular, is this as she often believes anything Caillou tells her and gets severely hurt or killed as a result. Everyone has their moments of this particular way of being Too Dumb To Live, but none more-so than Rosie.
    • Whenever one or more characters get told by a troublemaker that the troublemaker is going to beat up or kill them, nine times out of ten, the victim character(s) will just stand there in place screaming or saying "Nononononononono" as the troublemaker runs up to maim/kill them when they could be running away, defending themselves, or calling for help.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass:
    • No matter how nice an existing character may be in their home series, their GoAnimate counterparts will invariably be a terrible person. Even characters who are normally best friends (such as Caillou and his friends, Arthur and Buster, etc.) will express distaste for each other or get each other grounded without a second thought.
    • In particular, the parents of existing kid characters deserve special mention here. Nine times out of ten, they become explosive Jerkasses who will ground, torture, or kill their kids for the slightest offense or laugh at their misfortunes, no matter how nice or patient they are in their home series. This is most apparent with Caillou's parents, who in canon are some of the nicest people around, but in GoAnimate are either apathetic uncaring Jerkasses (Mommy/Doris) or borderline Ax-Crazy (Daddy/Boris).
  • Took a Level in Kindness:
  • Trademark Favorite Food:
    • Caillou will move heaven and earth to spend a day at Chuck E. Cheese's.
      • He also seems fond of beer in several videos.
    • Most Tlt Uolliac videos have the eponymous character going on and on about strawberry shortcake. (Or, as put by Uolliac himself: "Strayberry strayberry strayberry strayberry strayberry sh-tcake.")
    • McDonald's also seems to be very popular with the kid characters as well, as are Burger King and Dave And Buster's to a lesser extent.
    • For some characters, Peter Piper Pizza seems to be the go-to Evil Counterpart to Chuck E. Cheese's.
  • Traumatic Haircut: The main subject of "(Character) gets a haircut" videos are the troublemaker character getting an embarrassing haircut against their will. Also tends to be a fairly common punishment in Punishment Day videos.
  • The Unfavorite: Most troublemakers are this in their families and/or at school, especially Caillou and Macusoper Busters.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: Sometimes characters will actually help other characters, and right their wrong-doings. Often their parents will still ground them anyway for some contrived reason, just to be jerks, or just to keep up the status quo.
  • The Unintelligible:
    • The Spanish language settings were likely intended to make writing dialogue in Spanish easily, but many users who make Grounded videos use these settings to write English dialogue for Hispanic characters anyway. As a result, these characters speak in heavily accented and barely legible English and frequently have to be captioned. Dora's Dad and Grandma, as well as Alejandro from Total Drama, most frequently fall under this.
    • Uolliac (Bizarro Caillou) speaks in barely comprehensible Word-Salad Humor with the occasional "ah-AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA-ah" thrown in from time to time.
  • Unsatisfiable Customer:
    • Most of the troublemakers in "(Character) Misbehaves At (Restaurant)" videos. The gist of these videos is that the character goes to a restaurant such as McDonald's, but something they order is unavailable. The troublemaker usually loses their temper and either trashes or completely destroys the establishment because they won't take no for an answer when denied the food they were trying to order or refuses any other food options. Oftentimes the missing food isn't even the main thing they were trying to order (such as a certain kind of milkshake), making them downright unreasonable on top of unsatisfiable.
    • This also extends to "(Character) Misbehaves at (Store)" videos. A character will want a certain type of item, but the parents will not let them, usually because it's too expensive. When offered a cheaper replacement, the character will usually demand the initial item before ultimately flipping out and wrecking the store.
  • Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist: Pretty much every character in the videos in some way.
  • Unusual Euphemism: "Getting in dead meat", which appears to be a term for getting a bad behavior card and expelled from school, when put in the context of "X Gets in Dead Meat" videos. For the record, 'dead meat' is a slightly-outdated term meaning that someone or something is or will be in serious trouble.
  • Vague Age: Many of the videos make it heavily ambiguous as to whether Caillou or Dora are still kids, if they're going to high school, or if they're grown up and the animators are just lazy to change designs. Rosie is rendered mostly as a tiny adult figure, though she still acts like her canonical two-year-old self. Bizarrely, some videos even show Boris (aka. Caillou's dad) attending Caillou's school, sometimes even in Ms. Martin's preschool class alongside Caillou.
  • Villain Ball: The troublemakers often cause trouble for literally no reason, even if they'll get little to no benefit from causing the grievance they commit and/or are told point-blank by their parent(s) or teacher the consequences for doing so.
  • Villain Protagonist: The characters that get grounded in the Grounded videos (even though they sometimes may not seem like villains).
  • Vocal Dissonance: Whenever a user decides to provide their own voice to a character, particularly when it's a kid who hasn't hit puberty yet voicing a clearly adult character. (Which sounds every bit as off as it sounds.) You could also make a case for most kid characters, who often have adult voice settings given to them that sound nothing like kids, much less the character they may be based on. (Though that can be excused by users having only those voices to work with.)
  • Voices Are Mental: In the body-swapping videos or a lot of times when a character is turned into another person.
  • Vomit Indiscretion Shot:
    • Some characters when they drink lemonade that was made from urine during "Character Makes A 'Lemonade' Stand" videos.
    • Characters will get this when they eat the poop samples that are sold by the troublemaker in "Character Sells Poop Samples" videos.
  • Vulgar Humor: Along with Toilet Humor, this is also frequent, and rarely, even have South Park levels of vulgarity or extreme violence, considering most users are kids who love any adult cartoons and anything created exclusively for adults.
  • Vacation Episode: A great many videos involve families taking vacations only for that one kid to cause some sort of ruckus that gets them grounded and often ends the vacation early.
    • A frequent trend in these types of videos is a troublemaker taking a trip to a Great Wolf Lodge with either their family or a friend's family. Upon getting there, the troublemaker maims or even kills people, scares everyone out of the water, and eventually burns the property down after attacking a skee-ball machine.
  • Web Animation: Several have been produced or are being produced with GoAnimate.
  • Whole Plot Reference: The "[character] gets held back" videos play out pretty much like the Beavis and Butt-Head episode "Held Back".
  • Widget Series: Many videos. See Mind Screw above. Pretty weird series.
  • Wilhelm Scream: Surprisingly, although it's not a Stock Sound Effect found in the GoAnimate program, this has been used in several videos, such as when an off screen person got hit with a Skee-Ball ball in PowerJohn25 UTTP Misbehaves at the Great Wolf Lodge, and in a short to promote the now-cancelled sequel to GoAnimate: The Movie about PC Guy working at a movie theater, when a customer at the theater falls down.
  • With Friends Like These...: Caillou's relationship with his friends and Rosie, most notably. If Rosie and/or Caillou's friends aren't against him from the start, they'll get along well with him. But once Caillou steps out of line, well, you probably know the deal by now.
  • Wondrous Ladies Room: The basis of "(Male Character) Uses The Girls Bathroom" videos is about a boy troublemaker deciding to go to the women's room, either because he just decided to or because the men's room was gross.
  • Worst Aid: Seen in spades with numerous doctors and nurses in the grounded videos, whose methods of treating the other character's ills sometimes are often incredibly painful or the exact opposite of how you would treat such a thing. (But somehow they almost always work.) Quite often they are even shown doing major operations without any anesthetic, which sometimes makes the patient's condition worse. (But the troublemaker is blamed for it rather than the doctors.) Sometimes they do this on purpose because the patient is someone they don't like or, occasionally, at the insistence of the troublemaker's parents as part of a Punishment Day.
  • Worst News Judgment Ever: Apparently GNN News has the world's most clueless news director, since they spend most of their time reporting on stories of deep international importance such as children 'engaging' their parents and destroying restaurants, and chastising parents to immediately ground their children for bomb threats and lockdowns. The former usually has the reporter and witnesses on-scene repeat what occurred during the 'engagement' two or three times, then has a studio interview where the 'engaged' parent repeats the story one more time while parading the child around to shame them publicly. And this isn't even getting into GNN's inexplicable glee while reporting on child executions for troublemakers.
  • Wrongful Accusation Insurance: In Grounded videos where a person is sent to jail, they will always break out of jail to get the person in trouble. They are never sent back.
  • Would Hurt a Child: The adult characters (whether they're parents, police, or teachers) typically have no qualms about physically punishing kids, especially Caillou and Dora.
  • You Are Grounded: The whole point of grounded videos.
  • You Don't Look Like You: Trying to create some characters will make them look...really weird.
  • You Keep Using That Word: A number of videos will have the parents punish someone for a large number of "tranquilities" - it seems odd for a parent to punish someone by letting them have peace and quiet.
  • Your Cheating Heart: There are a few videos that depict a parent character (usually Boris) having a fling with some other lady or man (for Boris, this is usually Miss Martin) and subsequently getting caught and grounded by their spouses.

     Tropes in specific videos 

"OH OH OH OH OH OH OH OH OH! TROPER, HOW DARE YOU EDIT THIS PAGE! THAT'S IT, YOU ARE GROUNDED GROUNDED GROUNDED GROUNDED GROUNDED GROUNDED GROUNDED GROUNDED FOR 147132408213403215642386213709 YEARS! GO TO YOUR ROOM RIGHT NOW!
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